CT scans have revealed that Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical sketches were startlingly accurate.
The celebrated Renaissance artist and inventor produced a number of anatomical drawings in the winter of 1510-1511 when he conducted 20 dissections. The sketches show details such as the muscles, bones and sinews of the human body in remarkable detail, but were sadly lost for hundreds of years after he died because he hadn't published them at the time.
Now by comparing his drawings to modern medical scans, experts have revealed just how amazingly accurate the sketches were - da Vinci's anatomical observations were literally centuries ahead of their time. "Five hundred years on, comparisons with CT and MRI scans show that Leonardo’s work is still relevant to scientists today," said the Royal Collection Trust who will be exhibiting the drawings alongside modern MRI and CT scans in a demonstration of just how advanced da Vinci's anatomical understanding was more than 500 years ago.
He has long been praised as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance, working far ahead of his time and producing some of the world’s most recognisable works. But Leonardo da Vinci has finally received the credit he deserves for his “startling” medical accuracy hundreds of years in advance of his peers, as scientists match his anatomical drawings with modern day MRI scans.
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